Geisinger School of Nursing began as Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing in 2005. In 2013, the school’s name changed to Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing when Lewistown Hospital joined the Geisinger system.
We focus on small class sizes, direct clinical experience and hands-on learning.
A system-wide commitment to elevating nurse voices and professionalism
Geisinger employs nearly 6,000 nurses across its health system. For more than 10 years, our flagship hospital, Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, has been designated a Magnet hospital, an award given to less than 9 percent of U.S. hospitals based on strength and quality of their nursing programs.
In 2017, Geisinger announced the development of the Geisinger Nursing Institute. It was formed to build on our values of excellence and innovation. And to assure our nurses that they remain at the very heart of Geisinger’s commitment to patient care and medical excellence.
The Geisinger Nursing Institute serves as a governing body with an advocacy component. It oversees nursing practice and education to give nurses adequate representation across the organization and in leadership positions. The Nursing Institute also aligns nursing practice, career advancement and education, clinical excellence and recruitment and retention.
A scholarly innovation
In 2021, Geisinger recognized student loan debt as a major obstacle preventing some talented students from seeking a nursing degree. Now, thanks to the Nursing Scholars Program, Geisinger employees are eligible to apply to Geisinger’s Nursing School. Through this program, employees who pursue a nursing career get financial, educational and wellness support. It is open to any employee who’s worked with Geisinger for a year or more and isn’t already a registered nurse (RN) or provider. The program awards $40,000 in financial support with a 5-year work commitment as an inpatient nurse within the Geisinger system. It’s grown to support 175 scholars each year.
Advancing nurse education
In 2022, Geisinger announced the school would transition from a diploma to a degree-granting nursing school. The conversion from a diploma to an associate degree in nursing provides program stability and a more solid steppingstone in the pursuit of a BSN for students looking to advance their educations. As part of the Geisinger family, School of Nursing graduates who decide to pursue a BSN receive tuition remission.
Although the degree offering has changed, the practical, hands-on learning environment hasn’t. Geisinger School of Nursing offers a theory-guided and evidence-based curriculum, with both clinical and theoretical components.
Geisinger School of Nursing was founded to provide quality nursing education. We seek to engage a diverse group of students. And to help them become leaders in providing competent and safe bedside nursing care.
Nursing is a dynamic process of caring based on a theory-guided, evidence-based body of knowledge and established standards of professional practice. The focus of nursing practice is based on the patient-family's level of functioning, preferences, values and needs. Nurses also focus on different dimensions of patient care that promote, maintain and restore wellness, including:
Education is a lifelong process that fosters the development of critical thinking skills. In turn, individuals use those skills to respond to the health care of people in a variety of settings with the concept of caring deeply rooted in its history.
Nurses with a Geisinger School of Nursing ADN:
- Model caring and safe nursing care in diverse settings.
- Collaborate with the patients, families and members of the healthcare team to assist the patient/family in achieving optimal outcomes.
- Implement clinical judgement.
- Integrate data and technology for information-gathering, communication and clinical care.
- Practice within the ethical, legal and regulatory framework of nursing and standards of nursing practice.
- Examine evidence-based research to guide nursing practice.
Accreditations and approvals
Our program is approved and accredited by the appropriate national and professional organizations:
Our program has received full approval from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing:
Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105
Accreditation is a process of peer review that the educational community has adopted for its self-regulation since early in the 20th century. It is a voluntary process intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of higher education, making it worthy of public confidence. Institutions choose to apply for accredited status, and once accredited, they agree to abide by the standards of their accrediting organization and to regulate themselves by taking responsibility for their own improvement.
Geisinger College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) to award an associate degree in nursing, masters, and doctors degrees. MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Inquires or complaints can be referred to Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St., 2nd fl. West, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or by phone to 215-662-5501. Additional information is available online.
Campus crime and security
The School of Nursing is protected under Geisinger Lewistown Hospital security. The hospital campus has a complete emergency conduct plan in place for various emergency situations. See the Clery Act Report for more information on campus security.